Christmas with the queen? Not so fast…
Although it is a tradition for members of the royal family to join Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham House for the holidays, multiple outlets report that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have different plans.
For example, “sources near Harry and Meghan” tell Vanity Fair “that there is a possibility” that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son Archie Harrison spend the celebration season in the United States. Although, Buckingham Palace does not comment on the private plans of the royal family.
“The plans have not been completed,” a source tells the magazine. “They will be in America later this month for Thanksgiving and there is a chance that they will choose to stay there for a while longer, which may mean that they are missing Christmas.”
If the dynamic duo crosses the pond, they can stay with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. Although The Sun also offers this possibility, it reports that the Sussexes could also spend Christmas at home in Windsor.
“They need some time to recharge and determine their plans for next year,” a source tells the publication.
Biographer Sally Bedell Smith tells Vanity Fair this “can be seen as another proof that Harry and Meghan go their own way if they don’t show up for Christmas.” As royal admirers will remember, reports spread that Queen Elizabeth II had agreed to set up a new household for Harry and Meghan that would be separated from Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“The queen is pretty tolerant and she can’t let them down because they miss Christmas, since Meghan’s mother is in the United States,” Smith continues. “It will be a useful moment for the couple to reassess and decide how they want to proceed. However, Christmas in Sandringham is a deeply embedded tradition in the royal family and everyone is expected to be there, but the queen sometimes does allowances. “
Speaking of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Sun reports that William and Kate will spend the holidays in Sandringham with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. So, despite the recent reunion, a source tells Vanity Fair that it is “highly unlikely” that William and Kate would celebrate Christmas with Harry and Meghan.
“Things between them are still not great,” the source tells the magazine. “The feeling is that Harry and Meghan have alienated themselves earlier from the rest of the family. If they come for Christmas, it might be a particularly frosty one.”
But before royal admirers draw conclusions, it should be noted that William and Kate also spent Christmas outside of Sandringham. In 2012, the couple spent the vacation with the family of Kate in Bucklebury.